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Hackers may have cracked the code to playing pirated games on the PS5

The hackers have found the PS5 root keys, which could let them reverse engineer the console’s software.

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A group of hackers have gotten their hands on a PS5 and have already begun working to break the console down at code level. The group has now claimed to have made significant progress that could lead to a ‘jailbreak’ option that would give Sony a lot of trouble.

Hacking group Fail0verflow has taken to Twitter (thanks, Kotaku) to reveal the progress that it has made towards jailbreaking the new PS5. The group claims to have found the console’s ‘root keys,’ which are groups of code that can be used to manipulate the PS5 software.

In addition to the recent findings from Fail0verflow, another discovery was made over the weekend. Andy Nguyen, who goes by the handle TheFloW, also revealed that he had been able to gain access to the PS5 debug menu, a menu that only developers previously had access to.

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These are two very significant findings. Fail0verflow happens to be the group responsible for hacking the PlayStation 3, leading to the jailbreak option on it. Using the information that it has now found on the PS5, it is possible that this find could lead to a similar jailbreak of Sony’s newest console.

But this is definitely not the end of the road. Hackers will still have to use the information found here to reverse engineer the PS5 software, and there’s no telling how long that will take. Sony could still have a chance to fix this, or at least slow down the efforts.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at

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